In the spirit of trying to flex my creative muscles, I decided to try a holiday mantel this year. I covered the whole thing with lights, pine boughs (fake) and poinsettias (fake) and lived with it for a couple of days. And every day I hated it more. Maybe it's because Gavin kept trying to climb the pine boughs, or maybe it's because Nathan thought he could eat them. Either way, I really just wanted something simple this year.
I found some wrapping paper that I liked at Target, so I started there. I bought a piece of foam board at The Dollar Tree and covered it with the paper:
I also wanted to include these vintage ornaments. They were my mom's when she was first married, and I think they're charming.
I also used these vintage candlesticks. They were a flea-market find.
And I had some leftover Scrabble pieces from a project I'm working on in Gavin's room (which is almost done), so I figured I would add those to the mantel too!
I'm linking up to Layla's Mantle Party! Follow this link to see some truly inspiring mantels!